Cabela's Hawken strikes again
I have taken better than a half dozen deer with it since I've had it, used to have a bunch of guys I hunted with late season driving deer but we don't gather much anymore and I hunt more by myself these days, though I hadn't hunted hard with it the last few years. I got her sighted in and have had a good bit of fun with it this year.
My wife is hunting with the crossbow late season and we usually go out weekends at the same time, different stands and trade stories about the hunts after, both of the Saturdays have been damp and tough flinter weather. I had a good set up one night with the snow and got picked off, way too many eyes and I was on a field edge, I never like hunting over food but rather trails leading to and from are my thing so I was looking forward to this week with kids back in school I'd have time to poke around and hunt about anywhere with no schedule to stick to. My plan was to push deeper everyday until I caught a doe on her feet in daylight and got a shot.
Well it was sort of anticlimactic last night but I put a .490 Hornady round ball thru a doe and filled a tag with the old Hawken replica from Cabela's. She came in facing me and it looked as though the next turn would put her body behind a tree and I'd lose a chance to shoot so when she put her head down I held a good bead on her and tripped it. When the smoke cleared she was kicking on the ground 35 yards away. The ball went in between her shoulder blades and folded her right up. She had some warted skin under her left front shoulder in the armpit area, had an injury on her right rear foot you can barely see in the picture too. She also has some sort of issue with one lung being stuck to her rib cage. In all I have had a great year, still have a doe tag left, might still get out there and try for one more.
I shot a nice rabbit with the same gun last week, 18 yard shot and blew the thing near in half, I did get a bit of back strap meat and 4 legs for the pot off of it though, and a flintlock rabbit was a first for me, need to go shoot a squirrel too!!
Sadly most of my life has been wasted, but the rest I spent hunting, fishing, and trapping...